Student senators to participate in Democracy 101 panel

The Grand Valley State University student senate will hold a discussion Wednesday, April 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Room 0073. The panel is part of the GVSU Community Service Learning Center's Democracy 101 initiative, which consists of biweekly co-curricular lectures, panel discussions and workshops that focus on democratic values and systems

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GVL / Kevin Sielaff - The University Academic Senate (UAS) convenes Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 inside the DeVos Center on Grand Valley's Pew Campus.

UAS approves changes to scholarship definitions for GVSU faculty

Grand Valley State University’s University Academic Senate (UAS) met Friday, April 6, to discuss a motion by the Executive Committee of the Senate (ECS) regarding scholarship and how it is defined across GVSU colleges. The ECS had been debating this for some time and recently passed the proposal within its own committee. On Friday, at a meeting in the John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering, the UAS voted in favor of the motion. 

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Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss on Wednesday April 4, 2018.

Grand Rapids Mayor Bliss talks about leadership at GVSU

Grand Valley State University students had the opportunity to learn about effective leadership from the chief of the second-largest city in Michigan. Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss spoke at GVSU on Wednesday, April 4, for the Kenneth Venderbush Leadership Keynote. Bliss, who in 2016 became the first woman to become mayor in Grand Rapids, shared advice on believing in others, finding balance and making the most out of transitions in life.

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Student leaders from Forest Hills Northern High School direct the March For Our Lives protest in Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday March 24, 2018.

'March for Our Lives' an example of increasing youth activism, GVSU administrators say

Local members of the West Michigan community, including current students, came together at the "March for Our Lives" to call on representatives in Congress to address what they see as ineffective gun-control legislation.  Mark Richards, chair of the political science department at Grand Valley State University, sees the student activism displayed in the "March for Our Lives" as an opportunity to get students more involved in politics and more civically engaged. 

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Marisa Kwiatkowski talks about the role she played in breaking the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal on Monday, March 26, 2018.

'You have given so many women their lives back'

The USA Gymnastics scandal has sent shock waves through the sporting world in recent months. A highly publicized trial culminated in former USAG and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar being sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexual abuse in January. 

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Marisa Kwiatkowski talks about the role she played in breaking the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal on Monday, March 26, 2018.

GVSU alumna Marisa Kwiatkowski returns to campus to discuss USA Gymnastics investigation

“There’s this public perception of stranger danger, … but the vast majority of sexual abuse cases, the person knows their perpetrator; they know the person who’s doing it to them,” said Marisa Kwiatkowski, Grand Valley State University alumna and investigative reporter for The Indianapolis Star (IndyStar).  Kwiatkowski, alongside two of her colleagues, produced an immense investigation into USA Gymnastics and Larry Nassar that has garnered national attention. On Monday, March 26, Kwiatkowski was welcomed back to GVSU to participate in two separate talks. 

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